"Find X" by Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto - 2nd Place - Wax Poetry and Art
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Published January 4, 2019
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Second Place: Under 25 Poetry Contest #2

Find X

by Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto
(Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria)

Find X

by Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto

I remember my math teacher
telling me to find X
as if it was one of my missing toys.
Some classmates found it a jolly thing to do
but it was as confusing as seeing dirt in a towel after bath.
First time I found X was at the twenty something letter of the alphabet.
My math’s teacher applauded me before the class
with uncountable wallops in the head
accompanied by bad cheers from classmates.
Second time, I found X in xylophone, and
my math’s teacher solved x-y-l-o-p-h-o-n-e on my bottom.
Now, I am two decades and half:
I have found X in so many things
like in the bosom of a girl,
like in the madness of my country,
like in a poem struggling to be finished,
like in myself reflecting in your eyes
but never in those equations my math’s teacher
wrote on the board which always ended with:
Find X.


Biography
Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto (@ChinuaEzenwa) is a Nigerian and a lover of
literature. His works have won the Association Of Nigerian Author’s Literary
Award for Mazariyya Ana Teen Poetry Prize, 2009; National Association
Of Students Of English Language and Literary Studies Certificate of
Honour as the Best Student Poet, 2012, Delsu Chapter. He became a
runner-up in Etisalat Prize For Literature, Flash fiction, 2014 with, "I Saved
My Marriage". He also has contributed his works in
Of Minstrelsy and
Mask
, Matatu, Germany; Awka Journal Of English Language and
Literature
; Lunaris Review; AFREADA; KALAHARI REVIEW and
elsewhere.
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